Photographer’s iPhone records its own falls from a plane, survives 13 months in Icelandic wilderness

Oct 3, 2019

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer’s iPhone records its own falls from a plane, survives 13 months in Icelandic wilderness

Oct 3, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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While he was on an aerial photo tour over Iceland in August last year, photographer Haukur Snorrason was filming the view through an airplane window with his iPhone 6s Plus. He dropped the phone, which was smashed and lost in the Icelandic wilderness forever. Or at least that’s what he thought. The phone was recovered 13 months later, and not only it survived the fall, but it even recorded it.

According to National Post, Haukur was flying about 200 feet (60m) above the ground when the wind tore the phone out of his hand. That’s not a big height, but most of our phones got broken by falling from our hands onto the floor. Plus, the area was flooded and Haukur couldn’t reach it, so he didn’t really keep his hopes up. Still, he tried contacting a local farmer to see whether they could spot his lost phone, but he was out of luck.

This September, 13 months after losing his phone, Haukur received a call to notify him that his iPhone had been found. It turned out that a couple of hikers spotted it as they were walking in the area. They contacted the landowners, and they realized that it was his phone when they connected it to the computer and it said “Haukur’s iPhone.”

Upon recovering the phone, Haukur found a video of its own fall from the airplane – the video you can see above. But how on Earth did the phone survive? Well, Haukur believes that there are two main factors to it. First, it landed on a thick moss that grows in the area. It can be up to 30cm thick, as he explained to The Next Web. Another reason is that the phone landed face down, so the protective plastic case was facing up and protected it from the elements. The phone still works 13 months later, only the microphone is broken so people can’t hear Haukur when he makes a phone call.

And I thought my old Nokia 3310 was tough.

[via PetaPixel]

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5 responses to “Photographer’s iPhone records its own falls from a plane, survives 13 months in Icelandic wilderness”

  1. L_iGH_T Avatar
    L_iGH_T

    Soon will be a serie about it on Netflix. Something like “Game Of Phones”, where the Nokia dinasty fights again Motorola mafia and Ericsson tribe in a world invaded by Apple crew. But winter comes from orient…

  2. Glad Nicolae Părău Avatar
    Glad Nicolae Părău

    Meanwhile lost Nokias have already established bases around Iceland and are roaming free.

  3. Chabada György Avatar
    Chabada György

    The plane was flying so low altitude, it’s not that big deal. If it was a Nokia it would still recording after 13 months with 60% of battery charge left! :)

    1. Alberto Alanis Avatar
      Alberto Alanis

      and leave a crater where it landed…

  4. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
    Chainsaw Charlie

    He was filming through an open airplane window?